.Quad City Arts is again collaborating with the Alternating Currents Festival in downtown Davenport Aug. 19-21 to present three events: performances by Squonk, two nights of Silent Disco, and public art project “Before I Die”.
After a successful 2021 Alternating Currents debut, Silent Disco will return to the Skybridge on Friday night and Saturday night from 9 PM to 11 PM. Come party on the Skybridge as three DJs battle it out. Attendees will be provided headphones and are able to switch between the DJs to enjoy a variety of music. It is a unique experience where you determine the music and you determine the volume. It’s easy to be social because there is no music to talk over. This is an 18+ event that requires an ID to participate. DJ’s include DollMiiite, Nozco, DJ Shane Brown, DJ Yesi, V3, and DJ Genesiis.
Progressive rock meets puppetry group Squonk, from Pittsburg, Pa., performed at last year’s Alternating Currents festival for two days. This year’s visit from Squonk expandeds the number of performances by the group to six, including evening performances with illumination. All performances will be Friday, Aug. 19, Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, in downtown Davenport in the parking lot beneath the Skybridge.
Composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging. Their current show, “Hand to Hand” is propelled by two giant puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. The Squonkers, dwarfed by the hands, climb a multi-tiered stage. Squonk's original chamber rock drives a journey that is spectacular, plaintive, and comic. Audience members come together to grab the rigging, each individual powering a larger movement of giant fingers. For more information, visit https://squonk.org/hand-to-hand.
The show schedule for Squonk is as follows:
Friday, August 19 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 at 11:30 a.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
Each show is 1/2 hour long followed by a "backstage tour" for audience members. Backstage tours follow each performance and are coordinated and led by members of Squonk.
Don't forget to download the Alternating Currents App to stay updated with times and locations on all events and performances! DOWNLOAD THE APP HERE https://bit.ly/AC22APP
Quad City Arts is also placing two sets of Before I Die walls in the City of Davenport. One set in front of the Figge Art Museum and one in Kaiserslautern Square. Before I Die is a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another in the public realm. Originally created by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans after the death of a loved one, the public artwork invites people to reflect and share their personal aspirations in public. The Atlantic called it, “one of the most creative community projects ever.” People are encouraged to use the provided chalk to finish the statement, “Before I die I want to…” This interactive piece will change throughout the weekend and cause thought-provoking conversation.
All events are free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets required. Squonk and Before I Die is open to all ages, Silent Disco is an 18+ event.
Volunteers are needed in several roles to assist with these events. We will need people for multiple events and roles here: Load in/load out and daytime info tent/set chaperons for Squonk; set up/tear down, guest registration and headset distribution for Silent Disco.